If you have decided to ship your vehicle overseas then you may be asking yourself how you do you do it and where do you start?
First of all you want to check the rules and regulations of the country that you are considering shipping your vehicle to, there is no point getting quotes and filling in forms if you can’t even drive the vehicle once it arrives in your destination country. To find out this information you can visit the countries customs website, if you cannot find the information you are looking for then you contact a shipping agent who will be able to advise you.
To start getting a quotation for how much it is going to cost you to ship a car overseas, you will want to get several quotes from car shipping companies; you will need to supply some information to receive your quotation such as:
· Vehicle Make and Model
· Dimensions of the vehicle (if you can supply them)
· Country you’re shipping from and to
· Contact details (to receive your quote!)
Don’t always go for the cheapest quotation or most expensive quote; make sure you for look positive reviews for each company before booking with them.
Once you have decided which company you are going to ship with, simply fill in their online booking form providing all the information required:
· Vehicle Make, Model, Registration, colour and Vin/Chassis Number
· Country you are shipping from and shipping to
· Home Address, Overseas Address and Contact details
· Payment Method
Once you have completed the booking form you should receive a shipping note from the company, this will allow you to deliver the vehicle to port. If you are having the vehicle collected then the driver will require the shipping note to gain access to the port.
Once your vehicle has been shipped you will receive a copy of a bill of lading approximately 2 days after the vessel has sailed. It is very important that you check over this document making sure that all the information is correct. It is irrelevant if you filled the booking form with the exact information, you will still required to check the bill of lading in case of any typing errors.
When your vehicle arrives at its destination, you will be required to complete all relevant customs paperwork and pay any local fees such as; handling fees, duties and taxes, customs etc. If you have an agent overseas then they will be able to advise you on these exact costs, if you do not have an agent then ask your shipping company to supply you with one and ask for their contact details.
I hope that you find this blog useful, if you have any further questions about shipping your vehicle overseas then please contact the experts at First Base Freight. http://www.shipcars.co.uk